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James Mellor QC


Year of call: 1986
Year of silk: 2006
Position: Head of Chambers

James Mellor QC was called to the Bar in 1986, having emerged from two periods at King's College, Cambridge with a degree in Engineering, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Manufacturing Engineering and a First in Law. As an engineer he worked both in the UK and in many countries abroad.

James specialises in all areas of Intellectual Property law including:

• Patents: electronics, medical devices, biotech, pharmaceuticals, mechanical devices;

• Trade Marks and Passing Off: generally, but especially parallel imports and internet issues; Boards of Appeal at OHIM, Appeals to the General Court and CJEU.

• Copyright: broadcasts, computer software; engineering drawings & designs, literary works, music copyright, database copyright, sui generis database right, rights in performances;

• Confidential Information: chemical formulae, business information, business ideas;

• Arbitrations with IP and/or technical content.

Additional Information


1974 – 78 Rugby School
Maths, Physics and Chemistry "A" (all grade A) and "S" levels (both grade 1)

1979 - 83 King’s College, Cambridge, M.A. Engineering and Production Engineering 2:1
Certificate of Advanced Study in Manufacturing Engineering

1984 – 85 King's College Cambridge, First in Law

1985 – 86 Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course

Middle Temple
Jules Thorn Scholar
Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition

Previous Work Experience

Industrial sponsorship from IMI Plc. Work in a variety of engineering disciplines in the following countries: U.K. (13 months), France (6 months), Germany (7 weeks), Somalia (10 weeks), the Congo (7 weeks) and Iraq (3 weeks).


Co-author of the 14th (2005) & 13th (2001) Editions of Kerly on Trade Marks

Co-author with (David Kitchin Q.C.) of “The Trade Marks Act 1994 - Text & Commentary”

Co-editor of the Intellectual Property sections of Bullen Leake and Jacob's Precedents of Pleading (15th Edition (2004), 14th Edition (2001) & 13th Edition (1990)


Middle Temple, Lincoln’s Inn, IP Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association (Committee Member 1998-9), Disability Panel of the Bar Council (90s-2005).


Windsurfing, some Kitesurfing, Downhill Mountain Biking, SUPing, Cycling, Music (Bass), my family.



  • What the Directories Say
  • "He is very bright, user-friendly, practical and provides well-analysed advice." "He is experienced and unflappable. A go-to QC for telecommunications and electronics cases"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "He is excellent for trade mark and passing off"
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2017

    "An unflappable advocate"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "He is unflappable, and his advice is received with confidence and respect"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "He has the ear of the court." "He is extremely calm under pressure"
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2016

    "One of the IP elite but incredibly approachable and easy to work with"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "A formidable presence who is perfect if you want a heavyweight silk" "He's someone you want on board for a trade mark case- especially since you want to deprive the other side of getting him first"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "He has a very good manner and works well as part of the team. He's very informal and great with clients." " His cross-examination, his advocacy and his thought processes are all very impressive"
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2015

    "An incredible fighter, he is someone you want on your side"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2015